“Who Are You Playing Next?”: Novak Djokovic Has Funny Banter With Karen Khachanov Ahead of Their Clash at French Open 2020

October 5, 2020 8:30 pm

Novak Djokovic is currently playing against 15th seed Karen Khachanov in the 4th round of French Open 2020. The two have enjoyed a healthy and goofy relationship on and off the court. Recently, the Serbian had a fun moment with his Russian counterpart on social media.

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his second-round match against Ricardas Berankis at French Open 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Khachanov had posted a picture on Instagram showing his delight on reaching the 2nd week of French Open for the second year in a row. The Russian played a tricky match against 20th seed, Cristian Garín, and won convincingly in 4 sets. This is what his caption read-

“Great win against very tough opponent today! Very happy to be back in the 2-nd week of @rolandgarros”

With Djokovic already having entered the 4th round, the Serbian cheekily commented and asked Khachanov who he is playing next.

“Who are you playing next?” Djokovic asked.

To this, Khachanov had an even better reply. “I guess Djokovic. Heard of him?” Khachanov replied.

Karen Khachanov reacts during his second-round match against Jiri Vesely at French Open. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

It was certainly an entertaining banter between the two players. From time to time, Djokovic has these small banters with various players on the tour. However, the Serbian won’t be this kind on the court and will fight for his points.

Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov in the 4th round at French Open 2020

Djokovic has been in great form since the tennis restart. The Serbian has added two Masters 1000 titles to his trophy cabinet, and he boasts an impressive 34-1 record in 2020.

For Khachanov, this is a great chance to etch his name in history by snapping Djokovic’s unreal winning streak. Khachanov possesses a great topspin forehand and with the heavier conditions at play in Paris, he might be able to challenge the World No.1.

Karen Khachanov celebrates during his third-round match against Cristian Garin at French Open 2020 REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Their head-to-head record is 3-1 in Djokovic’s favor. Coincidently, Khachanov’s only victory against Djokovic came in Paris, though it was not at the French Open but the Paris Masters. The Russian had stunned Djokovic in the finals of the ATP 1000 Masters event to win his first Masters title back in 2018.

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Bhavishya Mittal

Bhavishya Mittal is an avid sports fan and covers tennis for EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Media and Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication. He has been following tennis since 2011 and his favorite player is Roger Federer. Bhavishya has a keen eye for catching eventful happenings in the sports world.

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